Bucks County Herald

Villa Joseph Marie wins Seatbelt Safety Challenge

Villa Joseph Marie High School is the overall winner of the 10th annual Bucks County High School Seatbelt Safety Challenge.

Villa Joe student drivers had the highest overall seatbelt use (97 percent) over 18 other Bucks County high schools that participated in the challenge, according to TMA Bucks (Transportation Management Association).

Villa Joseph Marie High School, which was also the overall winner during the 2008 and 2009 school years, received a $500 cash grant and perpetual trophy plaque for winning the challenge. The cash prize is donated by TMA Bucks and is encouraged to be used by the school for safety-related purposes. The school group that promoted the Seatbelt Challenge throughout the school year was the Peer Mentors under the direction of Dean of Student Affairs Marissa Brown.

William Tennent High School, which achieved the greatest percentage increase for the challenge, also received a $500 cash grant and perpetual trophy plaque. William Tennent student drivers posted a 6 percent increase in seatbelt usage from baseline surveys last September (79 percent in the fall to 85 percent in the spring).

TMA Bucks also announced that William Tennent was voted the winner of the Teen Driver Safety Video PSA Challenge powered by Comcast, which is a component of the Seatbelt Safety Challenge.

In fall 2016, baseline surveys on seatbelt usage by student drivers were conducted at high schools throughout the county without the knowledge of the student body or administration in order to ensure the most accurate data sampling. All schools were then challenged to raise seatbelt usage and participate in the Bucks County High School Seatbelt Safety Challenge. Various student groups then at each participating school promote the Seatbelt Challenge to all students throughout the school year in a variety of creative ways. Follow-up surveys took place unannounced in April and the winning schools were decided.

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